The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association budget amendment to support career technical education in the Marine Trades in Massachusetts passed the 2019 state budget. The amendment Sponsored by Senator Humason was Co-sponsored and supported by Senator Cyr. The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) would like to express our appreciation to Senator Cyr for the support and leadership for this very important amendment for the recreational boating industry in Massachusetts.
“With hundreds of good paying jobs with benefits in the marine trades ready to be filled in the Commonwealth, I was proud to co-sponsor this successful bipartisan amendment to invest in workforce development and technical education. It is truly one of the smartest investments the government can make for our coastal communities,” said State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro).
The recreational boating industry in Massachusetts has an economic impact of over $2 billion dollars and employs over 11,000 men and women. The industry is currently facing a substantial workforce shortage in Massachusetts and on a national level. Here in Massachusetts there are hundreds if not thousands of jobs currently available and a projection of approximately 3,000 new jobs coming available over the next few years. We have the jobs/careers we just need the people to fill them. This amendment will go a long way in helping the MMTA fill the workforce demands of the boating industry in Massachusetts.
Established in 1964, the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association (MMTA) is the statewide, representative body for over 1,000 marine trades businesses in the Commonwealth that employ over 11,000 men and women. The mission of the Association is to further the interests of the marine trades and the boating public through the promotion of boating, participation in legislation and professional improvement programs.